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Stover’s medical license revoked

The Hawaii Medical Board has accepted a settlement agreement with Big Island oral surgeon Dr. John Stover.

HawaiiNewsNow reported Thursday seven members of the state medical board voted in favor of accepting the settlement, with one member abstaining. The move effectively means Stover will no longer be allowed to practice medicine in the state.

HawaiiNewsNow and KITV each reported there are now at least 27 complaints filed against Stover. KITV reported the medical board focused on six complaints in which he was accused of misconduct or negligence.

HawaiiNewsNow also reported Stover voluntarily revoked his licenses and also agreed not to practice medicine or dentistry in the state again. The revocation will be forwarded to a national database, according to both media outlets.

Stover is the oral surgeon who performed the procedure to remove 24-year-old Hilo resident Kristen Tavares’ wisdom teeth, during which she fell into a coma.

According to previous Tribune-Herald reports, state officials proposed in April two agreements to settle several of the complaints against Stover for medical and dental work. The pre-petition settlement agreements were filed April 15 and sent to the medical board and the state Board of Dental Examiners for consideration.

The medical board met Thursday. The dental board meets May 19.

Stover closed his offices in Hilo, Waimea and Kealakekua in early April.

Tavares remains in a coma.


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